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  1. Overread

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    I think I am becomming one - that or all I seem to find in the garden are lightning quick dragons and flies!

    Taken with Canon 400D and sigma 150mm macro and speedlite 580

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    f13, ISO 200, 1/25sec, handheld, manual mode (I was on the ground sitting at the time ;)
    Link to larger: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3487/3235196828_2f8d645376_o.jpg

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    f13, ISO 200, 1/20sec, manual mode, hand held
    Link to larger: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3302/3234347073_eb93fe9c1f_o.jpg
    This was one very big and fat fly!

    Any comments/crits welcome thank you
     
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    Eughh, that is just delisiously disgusting :).

    You get dragons in your garden, that sounds wonderfull. How you managed to hold the shots for 1/20th of a second i have no idea, did you happen to note what the light metering would have been at f13 without the flash?

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    Great pix, especially #1! Since you are becoming a dipterist, I figured you could use this link:

    http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/
     
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    the only way I could hold these was because I was sitting on the floor - so I was more stable than if I had been standing - where I certainly need a faster shutter.
    I am afraid I did not test without flash at f13 - sometimes I get a method I find works so I just stick at it for a whole series of shots - it tends to hit me in the face later when the situation chances and I miss shots - something I am slowly correcting that error

    And a dipterist --- its not long and fancy enough a name - needs more latin in it ;)
     
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    Maybe, but check out the pix on that site! They meet in the UK, too!
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I am starting to think I need need a good book on insects and breeds - never new there were that many types of fly in the world!
    A quick look at their photos and it seems there is a scope and space in there for a range of good macro shots - they seem to have a lot of older looking photos --- I bet they wish for someone with an MPE65 to appear - 1:1 appears their closest - an not I don't have an MPE65 - wish I did though!
     
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    I can't imagine trying to chase a live fly with an MPE65! Yeah, I'll bet you'd be welcome at a dipterist's meetup if you showed up with a macro lens and a ringflash!
     
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    *makes a note to get a ringflash - or positional heads*
    I have seen some very impressive bee headshots taken with an MPE65 - though its definatly a difficult lens to work with - and needs that macro flash.
    oh and page 4 of their gallery appears to have a much more impressive line of photos!
     

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